August Man SG|Issue 158
It’s not often that we see geopolitics playing such a heavy role in the consumer tech arena. On 19 May 2019, US president Donald Trump issued a national security order that effectively banned Huawei from the US market. As a result, Huawei smartphones (and those of its sister brand Honor) released post-May 2019 no longer come pre-loaded with Google apps or feature their app support.
Deservedly or not, the US trade ban on Huawei has all but upended the partnership between the Chinese manufacturer and Google. The immediate fallout of this turn of events was, of course, most keenly felt by the consumer.
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